Monday, August 2, 2010

Something, something just ain't right

Maxine Waters

Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel have quite a bit in common these days. Both are members of the United States House of Representatives and have been for a long time. Rangel has been a member since 1971 and Waters since 1991. Both are Democrats and both are African American. Oh and one more thing, they are both under investigation for ethics violations.

Rangel who represents New York's 15th congressional district is under investigation for alleged improper fund raising and failing to report $600,000 in income, amongst other charges. Thirteen in total.


Charles Rangel

"The allegations include failure to report rental income from vacation property in the Dominican Republic and hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income and assets on his financial disclosure statements.

Other charges focused on Rangel's use of congressional staff and stationery to raise money for a college center in New York named after him; accepting favors and benefits from the donors that may have influenced his congressional actions; use of a subsidized New York apartment as a campaign office instead of a residence; and misuse of the congressional free mail privilege." Yahoo News

Waters who represents California's 35th congressional district allegedly helped a friend of her husband get Federal bank bail-out money.

"Congressional sources confirmed late Friday that later this year Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Los Angeles) will face an ethics proceeding likely related to allegations that she sought to help a bank with ties to her husband receive federal bailout funds."- LA Times

First, I have no idea whether Waters or Rangel are guilty of these charges. Nor am I saying that they shouldn't be investigated. But it strikes me as odd that two African American members of the house are under investigation at the same time.

Now maybe at another time in our history these investigations wouldn't even be on my radar. But we all know that the Tea Party/ Republicans have been on a witch hunt since President Obama has been in the White House.

And it seems that all of the Tea Party/ Republican targets have been, you guessed it, African Americans. First there was Van Jones. Then ACORN. Then Desirée Rogers. Then Shirley Sherrod. And in all of those cases both the Obama administration and the Democrats ran like hell from the fight and threw them all to the wolves.

So in this political climate I'm wondering if the Tea Party/ Republicans have realized that if they attack African Americans that no one, not the Democrats nor the White House, will defend them. And if that is the case them maybe, just maybe, Waters and Rangel are just the African Americans who are next in-line.

As I said earlier, Waters and Rangel may indeed be guilty of these charges. But I think it's worth it to stop and think for a moment about the implications of two African American members of the house coming under investigation considering the current racial climate in American politics these days.

And it's also worth it to stop and wonder who is going to be the next Tea Party/ Republican target.

Or maybe I'm just being paranoid?


12 comments:

BigmacInPittsburgh said...

Val:I posted a few days ago on this topic and have no problem with the charges,they both have been in Washington too long,they both think they are above the law because of their postions.
Truth be told,if they were doing the right thing from the door,the charges would not stick!

Jason said...

It's definitely something to think about Val.

Unethical practices is nothing new in the political world regardless of party affiliation.

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like these charges were brought up to get Rangel to give up his seat more than anything and he doesn't want to play ball.

The playing field has never been even. Rangel and Waters are guilty until proven innocent not the other way around.

Hey! what about the 20 ethics complaints filed against Sarah Palin and nothing came of it? And her political career is stronger than ever, unfortunately!

Reggie said...

While it's definitely something to think about; as long as they're innocent there is nothing to worry about. Sometimes when you have a "big mouth" it pisses people off. The other guys are forever looking for reasons to bring you down. Both of them know that. Both of them have had congressional friends who have been bought down. Let's hope that the two of them are innocent and will stand the test of time.

Moanerplicity said...

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men (& women) are almost always bad men (& women)." ~ John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton


One.

Val said...

@BigMac

I agree. Seems though that they would be smarter than this. We'll see.

Val said...

@Jason

Yeah Rangel had one of the most powerful chairmanships in Washington. This could def be a power move by the Republicans.

Val said...

Reggie

Lol, Yeah they both have a big mouth, especially Waters. But they probably need it in Washington.

I def hoping they are innocent.

Val said...

@Lin

That's very true. We'll know soon enough.

Desertflower said...

Politics is war! But it is beginning to look like a witch hunt. I guess whats good for the goose isn't good for the gander huh?

By the way everything went well today, thanks for the thoughts!

Val said...

@Desertflower

"Politics is war!"

That is the truth!

I'm so glad to hear things went well. Thanks for letting me know.

:-)

Daij said...

This all sounds rather sinister to me. And coincidental, near mid-term elections. I'm praying that they're both innocent.

Val said...

@Daij

You're right. This popping up just before the mid-terms is even more troubling.

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Soldier Of Love

I've lost the use of my heart
But I'm still alive
Still looking for the life
The endless pool on the other side
It's a wild wild west
I'm doing my best

I'm at the borderline of my faith,
I'm at the hinterland of my devotion
In the frontline of this battle of mine
But I'm still alive

I'm a soldier of love.
Every day and night
I'm soldier of love
All the days of my life

I've been torn up inside (oh!)
I've been left behind (oh!)
So I ride
I have the will to survive

In the wild wild west,
Trying my hardest
Doing my best
To stay alive

I am love's soldier!

I wait for the sound
(oooh oohhh)

I know that love will come (that love will come)
Turn it all around

I'm a soldier of love (soldier of love)
Every day and night
I'm a soldier of love
All the days of my life

I am lost
But I don't doubt (oh!)
So I ride
I have the will to survive

In the wild wild west,
Trying my hardest
Doing my best
To stay alive

I am love's soldier!

I wait for the sound

I know that love will come
I know that love will come
Turn it all around

I'm a soldier of love
I'm a soldier

Still waiting for love to come
Turn it all around
(4x)

I'm a soldier of love
I'm a soldier

Still waiting for love to come
Turn it all around
(3x)

Still waiting for love to come

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Tracee!

Solange!

Solange!
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Alicia says...

Rest in Peace Mitrice

Rest in Peace Mitrice
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